You’ve just finished a hard workout and you’re headed to the fridge to grab a drink to get your electrolytes back. What are you grabbing — Gatorade or Powerade? It’s the age old question that has divided sports teams and cities. In case you still haven’t made up your mind, we’ll walk you through what we like and don’t like about both.
Gatorade was created by Dr. J. Robert Cade in 1965 for the University of Florida football when he saw them struggling to stay hydrated in the Florida heat. Dr. J. Robert Cade and his colleagues quickly found out that the players were becoming fatigued because the electrolytes they lost through sweat and carbohydrates used for energy were not being replaced with just water. They went right to the lab and made a balanced drink with carbohydrates and electrolytes that would help keep fatigue away so they could finish their games.
In 1988 Powerade was released to directly compete with Gatorade. While they have a strong hold in the PGA, NASCAR, NCAA and other big markets, Gatorade owns the sports drink category 70% to 30%.
Athletes enjoy Gatorade because it fights dehydration with a combination of water, carbohydrates and electrolytes. It’s tested and true that Gatorade keeps athletes going harder and faster for a longer period of time. However, some prefer Powerade because it also has vitamins e B-3, B-6, and B-12. Starting with B-3, these three vitamins convert food into energy, help with the production of red blood cells, and maintain the blood cell count, respectively.
It comes down to personal preference and we won’t influence you one way or another. However, don’t forget that these drinks are for intense workouts that make you sweat and use lots of energy. Most of us could drink water most of the time and be perfectly healthy. That said, we’re going to go run some sprints and grab a drink.